Prospect Watch: Sadler Solid In Win, Bradenton Remains Winless


A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. Rankings are from the pre-season rankings, and links to each prospect writeup can be found by clicking the player names below. Players who weren’t in the original top 20 are linked to their player page on the site.

1. Gerrit Cole, RHP, Indianapolis (0-1, 6.00) - DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Altoona (0-0, 0.00) - DNP

3. Gregory Polanco, CF, Bradenton (.269) - 1-for-4, 2B

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.212) - 1-for-4, BB

5. Luis Heredia, RHP, Extended Spring Training

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.310) - 3-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI

7. Barrett Barnes, CF, Extended Spring Training

8. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (0-0, 0.00) - DNP

9. Kyle McPherson, RHP, Indianapolis (0-0, 9.00) - DNP

10. Nick Kingham, RHP, Bradenton (0-2, 6.52) - 4.2 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

11. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (0-0, 4.15) - DNP

12. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.217) - DNP

13. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.091) - DNP

14. Bryan Morris, RHP, Indianapolis (0-0, 0.00) – DNP

15. Wyatt Mathisen, C, West Virginia (.136) – 0-for-1, BB

16. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Bradenton (0-0, 10.13) - DNP

17. Victor Black, RHP, Indianapolis (0-1, 5.06) - DNP

18. Andy Oliver, LHP, Indianapolis (0-0, 0.00) - DNP

19. Jin-De Jhang, C, Extended Spring Training

20. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Altoona (0-0, 0.00) - DNP



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Top Pitcher: Casey Sadler, RHP (3.27) – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Jarek Cunningham, 2B (.296) – 3-for-4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI

Home Runs: Jarek Cunningham (2), Gift Ngoepe (1), Carlos Mesa (1)



Mesa hit his first homer of the year

Mesa hit his first homer of the year

Indianapolis was rained out




Result: Altoona 5, Harrisburg 4

Starting Pitcher: Casey Sadler, RHP (3.27) – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Jarek Cunningham, 2B (.296) – 3-for-4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Andrew Lambo, LF (.393) – 1-for-4, 2 RBI

Mel Rojas Jr, CF (.303) – 2-for-4

Gift Ngoepe, SS (.167) – 2-for-3, HR

Game Notes: Casey Sadler picked up his second win and both Jarek Cunningham and Andrew Lambo drove in two runs, as Altoona moved to 4-3 on the season. Sadler threw 80 pitches on the night, 55 of them for strikes. Ethan Hollingsworth followed Sadler with two scoreless innings. Lambo now has seven RBI’s this year. Gift Ngoepe had just one hit coming into the game. Mel Rojas Jr has six hits in his last two games. Click here for John Eshleman’s live game report.



Box Score

Result: Charlotte 7, Bradenton 4

Starting Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP (6.52) – 4.2 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Carlos Mesa (.250) – 2-for-3, 2B, HR, BB, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Gregory Polanco, CF (.269) – 1-for-4, 2B, SB

Alen Hanson, SS (.212) – 1-for-4, BB

Game Notes: Bradenton lost their seventh straight game to open the season. Nick Kingham lost for the second time and both times he started the game off strong. He threw three perfect innings to start his first game, and started tonight’s game with two perfect innings. Carlos Mesa was just 1-for-9 coming into the game. His two-run homer gave Bradenton an early 2-0 lead. Gregory Polanco stole his fifth base of the season and he has hits in four straight games. Zac Fuesser followed Kingham and gave up two runs in 2.1 innings. Robert Kilcrease finished the game with a scoreless inning, his third scoreless appearance this year, covering 4.2 innings.



Box Score

Result:  Game suspended by rain

Starting Pitcher: Orlando Castro, LHP (1.74) – 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter:  Josh Bell, RF (.310) – 3-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Stetson Allie, 1B (.333) – 1-for-3, 2B

Game Notes: The game was suspended in the top of the fifth inning, with West Virginia up 5-0. The game will be completed before the start of Friday night’s game.

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John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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  • Matt Beam

    quietly Josh Bell is heating up and… while he strikes out too much, I’m honestly shocked at what Stetson Allie has done so far at the plate, it may be a flash in the pan but I’m still shocked

    • Lee Young

      I agree with you on both points Matt.

      I’d also love to see Mel Rojas keep up his hitting (as Tim points out….he’s been very inconsistent). I also would love to see Lambo come on strong.

      The more, the merrier!

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